Philadelphia Eagles: Final grades for every practice squad member

Travis Fulgham #13, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles offensive scout team grades

RB Jordan Howard

The 6th year running back has plenty of starting experience with the Bears, Eagles, and Dolphins. After being used as a healthy scratch for multiple weeks last year in Miami, Howard revealed during an Eagles press conference that he was ready to retire if he didn’t get a job this year.

Luckily, the Eagles signed him and he is now a member of the practice squad, solid insurance in case Miles Sanders or rookie Kenny Gainwell fall to injury. Grade: B

RB Jason Huntley

Huntley was a 2020 fifth-round pick by the Detroit Lions, who released him during his rookie year. Ironically, the Eagles picked him up that same year, as the Eagles gave up a 2020 fifth-round pick in their trade for Darius Slay.

Huntley only had five carries for 19 yards in 2020 but had flashes in his first preseason this year. While Huntley isn’t an RB1 yet, his speed and agility show promise as his career progresses. Grade: A

WR Travis Fulgham

In a surprising twist, the Eagles cut fan-favorite WR Fulgham in favor of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside while shaving their roster down on Tuesday. Luckily, he made his way back to Philly on the practice squad.

Fulgham led the team in receiving yards in 2020 with 539 yards. While that was unlikely to happen again with the presence of rookie DeVonta Smith and a healthy Jalen Reagor, being the team’s best receiver in 2020 to a practice squad member confused fans. However, Fulgham on the practice quad means that if the Birds struggle on offense, he is a call away from suiting up and joining the rotation. Grade: A-

WR John Hightower

Another receiver who saw significant playing time in 2020, John Hightower finished with 10 receptions for 167 yards in his rookie season. He had a quiet camp and preseason and was overshadowed by fellow second-year receiver Quez Watkins, who had a breakout preseason campaign and won over his coaches.

Having Hightower in the reserves brings more speed to the Eagles WR group, and if Watkins or Reagor are unable to play, Hightower would be able to plug into the system with little difficulty. Grade: C